Friday, July 17, 2015

Toke Radio 93: Medical Marijuana Helps Fight Painkiller Abuse! Oregon Travelers Can Fly With Weed! Cannabis Gateway Theory Debunked Again!

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Medical Marijuana Helping To Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Deaths

(Hemp News)

States with medical marijuana have seen the number of admissions to drug rehab facilities for pain medication and opioid overdoses decrease by 15 percent and 16 percent respectively, according to a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. "Our findings suggest that providing broader access to medical marijuana may have the potential benefit of reducing abuse of highly addictive painkillers," the researchers concluded.

Federal Appeals Court Says Marijuana Businesses Cannot Deduct Expenses

(Hemp News)

In a huge blow to the newly legal marijuana industry, the IRS has convinced the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that marijuana dispensaries can't deduct business expenses, and must pay taxes on 100 percent of their gross income, reports Robert W. Wood at Forbes.

Oregon Travelers Can Fly With Recreational Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Travelers at Portland International Airport in Oregon can legally board airplanes with up to an ounce of marijuana for in-state flights under the state's new law legalizing recreational cannabis, UPI reported on Thursday.

Yet Another Scientific Study Debunks Marijuana Gateway Theory

(Hemp News)

Yet another scientific study has been added to the mountain of evidence debunking to so-called "gateway theory," which maintains that marijuana use leads to harder drugs.

Colorado Marijuana Tax For Schools Hits Record; Exceeds 2014 Total

(Hemp News)

Just-released marijuana tax data from the Colorado Department of Revenue shows that schools in the state received more money from the state's cannabis excise tax in the first five months of 2015 than they did all year in 2014.

Italy Parliament Looks At Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

A proposal to legalize the recreational use of cannabis has been introduced in the Italian parliament, and has gained the support of more than 200 lawmakers.

Hawaii Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

(Hemp News)

Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Wednesday signed House Bill 321, legalizing and establishing a system of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

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Washington State Medical Marijuana Patients To Rally July 24

(Hemp News)


On April 24 this year, Governor Jay Inslee chose the Washington State Liquor Control Board to regulate medicine by signing into law SB 5052. When one reads the law and federal and state constitutions, how does one not come to the conclusion that it violates the various amendments of our constitutions; as well as various federal and state laws under HIPAA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protections, protections from monopolies, etc.?

On July 8, 2015, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Sheriff John Urquhart announced that they are closing collective gardens around unincorporated areas of the county in 30 days, moving well ahead of the July 1, 2016 deadline signed into law. Their reason was that they must protect the recreational store down the block in White Center, and get taxes to Washington state — even though it was already scheduled to happen to collective gardens by the July 2016 deadline.

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